1. Gratitude and Keeping an Open Mind

    This past year, my training studio celebrated the success of about 70 of my clients, their guests and my staff in a couple of client appreciation luncheons.

    It was great to see everyone in real clothes, groomed and with make up on, laughing and sharing a meal together.

    I presented the cover of my new book while we were together and reserved a copy as a gift for everyone in attendance. It occurred to me how blessed I am because of them and how much I am growing into the woman I believe God wants me to be.

    Keeping an Open Mind

    Things usually work out for me when I approach my physical, mental and spiritual well-being with an open mind. Miracles have not happened in my life overnight; it has taken years to create the happy, joyous and free situation in which I find myself today.

    For my own good, I must approach my well-being with an open mind, ready to receive and to accept new ideas. Then, for my own good I must apply these ideas to my life.

    Listening and Learning

    If I approach my well-being with a tightly closed mind, ready to criticize what I hear, it is as though I am holding a teaspoon under Niagara Falls in an effort to quench my thirst.

    On most days I keep myself receptive and listen. I used to be quick to judge and say: “Yes, but my case is so different.” The details of my situation may have differed, but basically my story is the same as any of yours who struggle now or have struggled with making a change in your life.

    Many days I must cling to this one thought: My well-being CAN change – If I give it a chance.

    A Change of Desire

    Of myself, my very best thinking caused some of my worse physical conditions, emotional drama and spiritual despair. I thought I could change according to my desires, but when solutions came, I found it was my desire that had changed.

    I make progress daily if I pick up even one small new idea that I hear someone say or that I read. Things have often not worked out in my life the way I wanted them to, but as my point of view changed, what I thought I wanted changed as well. My ultimate contentment is no longer as dependent on having things work out my way.

    My hope for today is to always offer a healing helpful message to all who care to listen and I pray to be able to hear the good in all that you say to me as well. Many of my clients allowed me to share their video testimonials at these luncheons. So it’s not just me, it’s a “WE” who are changing lives one body at a time.

    If you find yourself in desire of change today and I can help in anyway, please call. My cell is 361-549-4604. My staff and I are said to be the best Fitness Professionals and Functional Aging Specialists in the Coastal Bend. We know a bit about changing bodies for the better.

    Yours in Health and Fitness,

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    Lisa G. Wright, CFT, FAS

    Your Personal Best Training Studio
    Owner/Director of Operations
    (361) 549-4604
    www.ypbtrainingstudio.com
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  2. Taking Care of My Selves (part 1 of 3)

    Learning to Treat My Selves Well

     
    Learning to take care of myself has been three fold for me – physical, mental and spiritual. At times I have neglected my health on all three of these fronts, so my recovery from patterns of addictive thinking has had to be threefold as well.

    It takes a firm commitment to make my own well-being a priority. In the past, I have neglected to care for myself because I was waiting for someone else to take care of me. And I could be so concerned with another person’s well-being that I failed to attend to my own. With the help of a 12 Step Recovery program call Al-Anon, I am learning to take responsibility for better tending to my needs.

    My Physical Health

    I had to reconsider what I was doing physically to my body and what could I do to improve and maintain good health for the long haul. My physical body requires:

    • Rest (I need about 7 hours per night to feel rested)
    • Exercise but not overtraining as I have done in the past
    • A nutritious diet. This has been the biggest reason for my success at almost 55 years old in a few days.
    • Appropriate medical attention including an overall annual check-up, dental and eye care.

    All of this care merit’s conscientious planning on my part. Something as simple as a brisk walk or bike ride can make a difference in the way I feel. I get massages every other week or take time for a nap when I feel tired.

    My Mental and Emotional Health

    Mentally and emotionally, I’ve found ways to stimulate my mind and validate my feelings. I read enjoyable books or put my thoughts on paper in the form of keeping journals.Last year I engaged in a self-paced, 8-week online course that focused on Richard Rohr’s book, Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps. I also learned a new skill; pushing and pulling dis-“abled” persons in rolling chairs by loaning my legs to run or cycle with them. I became “willing” to open myself up to new areas of interest.

    I strive to become more honest with myself about what I think and feel; and am finding more appropriate ways to express myself. At times I might examine my emotions, whether alone, with a trusted other, or with professional help.

    Some days I just feel out of whack and I lean on an Al-Anon slogan . . . “Easy Does It”, cutting myself the same slack I would cut anyone else I cared about. I am really learning that feelings are temporary and always pass. Today, feeling OK is a GOOD thing for me!

    My Spiritual Health

    The third and most important aspect of my self-care is spiritual. I have found it crucial to take time every single day to improve my conscious contact with the God of my understanding. First thing in the morning:

    • I currently start with lectio divina using a special app on my phone called “Sacred Space” containing a scripture passage for the day
    • This time includes prayer writing (journaling) to my inner most self
    • Followed by 20-30 minutes of meditation (not always in the above order)
    • Later in the day I may find time for another 20 minutes of meditation or a quiet, thoughtful walk with my dog(s)

    I also find spiritual inspiration and solace that is especially suited to me because of being affected by the family disease of alcoholism in Al-Anon’s daily meditation books. Artistic expression (coloring and sewing) and at times organized religion has fostered spiritual growth in me as well.

    I’ve found over the years that if I stub my pinky toe, my whole body hurts and if I am weak in any one of the three areas above the other two are affected. I am interested in the BIGGER picture now and learning to live my life from the inside (core of my being) outward.

    My vocation is in the field of health and fitness. If you feel that I could help you out, give me a call and let’s visit. 361-549-4604

    Yours in Health & Fitness,
    Lisa


  3. Building Spiritual Muscles

    Chapters close and open in our lives, be it the end of a year, death of a loved, a health diagnosis or just sick and tired of feeling sick and tired all the time.

    I’d like to take a few minutes to contemplate and share with you the progress I’ve made over the past 12 months and to thank my Higher Power for my growth. What actions did I take that contributed to my success this year? Perhaps it was as simple and profound as continuing to attend my recovery meetings even when things in my life were going really well.

    Looking Back

    How have I reached out to other beggars this year and showed them where I found good food? Was I thoughtful, helpful (when asked), did I lead a life of integrity focusing on what was necessary and with kindness? Perhaps I was patient with those who were suffering, giving them my full attention or by giving my phone number to others. Maybe I learned to trust a little more and build my community of trusted others and open up more deeply to them. Have I thanked all who have been kind or have gifted me in some way? Have I recognized my growing ability to love and trust others and most of all my Higher Power?

    Perhaps I finally came to really understand the First Step, or really committed myself to working some of the other steps again.

    “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol (or for me; people, places and things) —that our lives had become unmanageable.”

    Maybe I had the faith and courage to make some hard decisions.

    I am discovering that I do play an important part in my own well-being. I will celebrate my achievements and be grateful for all I have been given. I am not perfect, but I am excellent!

    Looking Forward

    We live in a society of instant gratification; instant coffee, instant breakfast, instant money from our local ready bank machines —it’s everywhere we look! No wonder so many land at my training studio door in a new year looking for instant answers to all the problems that come from living a life with little to no exercise, a poor diet and no real connection to their Higher Power who can help them the most!

    For me, recovery is a process. It takes time to regain, reclaim, and recoup all that was lost while I tried on my own to cope with the symptoms of growing up in dis-“ease” or an unwillingness to let go of “my will be done”.

    • Building trust in others and in a Power greater than I is taking time
    • Changing my attitude is taking time
    • Healing old wounds – spiritually, mentally and physically is taking time

    There are no immediate, ready-made solutions I am finding. Building spiritual muscles (with help) – is leading me to the answers that are right for me.

    I suspect we all have dark times in our lives, and could it be that “the journey” to better times and better health is often what makes us happier, stronger people? When I stop expecting instant relief, I come to believe that where I am today is exactly where my Higher Power would have me to be.

    Gratitude is an Action Word!

    Yesterday I had a cup of coffee, down the street, with a trusted other and the subject of gratitude came up. I was reminded that “gratitude is an action word”. I make my bed because I am grateful for a bed; brush my teeth in gratitude for teeth, eat right and exercise in gratitude for my healthy body that is pure gift, etc . . .

    Today and each day, no matter what is going on around me, I know that I will move forward. I trust the process of spiritual, mental and physical recovery. With the help of my Higher Power and the grateful actions I must take as a result of this relationship I just know the next chapter of my life will be filled with more miracles for me. I’ll let time take time.

    “If I am under pressure and setting myself deadlines, I will stop for a few minutes and
    think of just this one day and what I can do with it.” ~ One Day at a Time in Al-Anon.

    I have gratitude for all who read and follow my spiritual musings, YOU keep ME emotionally sober!

    Yours in Health and Fitness,

    Lisa-Newsletter-Pic.jpgLisa G. Wright, CFT, FAS
    Your Personal Best Training Studio
    Owner/Director of Operations
    (361) 549-4604
    www.ypbtrainingstudio.com
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  4. “Exercise is a Journey, Not a Destination. …”

    My training studio has as one of its core values; Innovation. We strive to always be up-to-date with our business practices and training techniques by …

    “Reaching outside of our community for ‘cutting edge’ knowledge to facilitate our clients’ dramatic results”

    Just recently one of my staff, Juan Guerrero, and I had an amazing opportunity to visit The Cooper Institute in Dallas,TX. We had a lengthy tour of the grounds and personally met Dr. Cooper, in his office where he spent unhurried time visiting with our group. I believe the following to be of interest to you.Who is the Cooper Institute and what do they do?

    The Cooper Institute (CI), established in 1970, is a 501.c.3. nonprofit research and education organization dedicated globally to preventive medicine. The Institute’s founder, Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., the “Father of Aerobics,” was an Air Force physician who became interested in the role of exercise in preserving health. When he published his first best seller, Aerobics, in 1968, he introduced a new word and was the spark for millions to become active. For More Information

    Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH is the Chairman Emeritus to the current Board of Trustees that oversees The Cooper Institute’s strategic direction and educational and research initiatives. A few of his many accolades include:

    • Author of the best-selling book, Aerobics, in 1968 and 19 subsequent book.
    • After founding The Cooper Institute, he later established the Cooper Clinic, Cooper Fitness Center, Cooper Hotel & Conference Center, Cooper Spa, Cooper Wellness, Cooper Consulting Partners, and Cooper Complete

    The Cooper Institute has achieved worldwide recognition for its outstanding scientific research on exercise physiology, obesity, hypertension, epidemiology, behavior change, children’s health issues, nutrition, aging, and other preventive medicine issues.  Learn More

    Why I’m so Impressed

    As a Fitness Professional with 2 decades in this industry, our core values and mission statement were all over this unexpected opportunity to visit The Cooper Institute.

    YPB Mission Statement and Core Values

    As a culture at YPB we believe that it matters to you that we …

    • Are passionate, committed and love what we do
    • Want to share and inspire “cutting edge” knowledge with you
    • Attract and train the best staff to give the best service
    • Will listen and communicate for better knowing and caring about you.
    • Will motivate, challenge, celebrate, appreciate, set big audacious goals to make big things happen, and applaud your success.
    • Continually improve, by ever learning, ever growing toward personal development
    • Partner with, contribute to and give back to our community with integrity
    • Respect, care and work together as a team

    An Interesting Fact

    IN his best-selling book, Aerobics, Dr. Cooper emphasized a point system for improving the cardiovascular system. His points system is also the basis of the 10,000 steps per day method of maintaining adequate fitness by walking. Read More

    Feeling Affirmed

    As the owner of Your Personal Best Training Studio, I’ve been encouraging health and fitness for 20 years now. I’m a published author and highly sought after Functional Aging Specialist and if you don’t believe what I share with you then take it from this veteran, 45 years in the industry …

    Are you unsure where your health stands? Do you want to live a healthy lifestyle but don’t know where to start? Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, Founder and Chairman of Cooper Aerobics, developed eight steps to Get Cooperized, helping you live a longer and healthier life. Following these eight simple steps, such as exercising most days of the week and getting proper supplementation, will help you to live better, both sooner and later. Eight Steps Here

    Overall, I found the Cooper Institute to be a premier facility, literally a compound of wealth and health. I loved his slogan and it was everywhere, on the walls and on a t-shirt I bought.

    “Exercise is a journey, not a destination. It must be continued for the rest of your life” ~Dr. Kenneth Cooper

    What really caused me to pause and consider was Dr. Cooper’s exceptional physical condition and emotional and mental state for the 20 minutes we were in his office. He’s 85 and I know it wasn’t just good genetics or by accident. I also know however old we are, it’s NEVER too late!

    I felt no impediment from the visit only affirmed!

    Dr. Cooper and his facility truly stood up to everything I have ever heard about him and this facility. Do visit if you are ever in the area, you will not be disappointed! Or give us a call (361-549-4604) and WE will share OUR “cutting edge” knowledge with you.

    Yours in Health and Fitness,

    Lisa-Newsletter-Pic.jpgLisa G. Wright, CFT, FAS
    Your Personal Best Training Studio
    Owner/Director of Operations
    (361) 549-4604
    www.ypbtrainingstudio.com
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  5. Whew, What a First Month of 2016!

    I am often blessed with opportunities to speak publicly regarding who I am as a person, what I do professionally as a small business owner, Functional Aging Specialist and published author, why I can help people change for the better and my approach to this. I network in my community, follow-up with phone calls and am passionate about helping others with their health and fitness.

    For any one or ALL of these reasons, you are now new to my newsletters and perhaps my studio. Welcome!

    My desire in writing to you 2-3 times per week is not to annoy but to offer you my experience, strength and hope regarding physical, mental and spiritual wellness. Most all of my newsletters will look something like this ….

    • A helpful fitness article and tip (usually motivational) and a great tried and true recipe
    • A sharing from me regarding my personal recovery story in relation to the Twelve Steps of AA and in relation to a Higher Power who does for me what I cannot do for myself
    • Client success stories
    • Awesome promotions and opportunities to “give us a try”

    I expect you will take what you like from my sharings and leave the rest. There is an unsubscribe button on every email if anything becomes too much for you or NOT helpful.

    All in All

    Almost 4 years ago now, I really “hit my bottom” regarding my mental and spiritual wellness and it began affecting me physically. I was struggling in relationship with my loved ones and with recurring shingles, both of which I blamed on external circumstances unwilling to consider what was going on inside of me.

    A trusted friend suggested I attend Al-Anon, a 12 Step recovery program for families and friends of Alcoholics. It was in these rooms that I discovered that I was raised in the disease of addiction, married and gave birth to it.

    Slowly, as I began to recover, I realized what a wonderful gift this program was. It gave me an understanding of this disease, the tools to change my life, the courage to use them, and a place to talk about my secrets and to hear others share theirs.

    When I got to the Twelfth Step, it talked about carrying the message to others. I also took notice of the part about practicing these spiritual principals in ALL my affairs. As in my physical fitness, I came to understand that in living these principles I could carry the message by example and attraction rather than promotion.

    My Healthy Reminder

    It’s only natural to want to share what works for me with those I love and care about. But when I must share it now, I may be more interested in changing others than in sharing my experience, strength and hope. Like my physical fitness, I must work daily on improving the message my own attitudes convey.

    I cannot exercise or eat right for you, only for me. I am powerless over other people, places or things but not over myself. It is a daunting task to radically begin to change, one that I can only do with a “willing” attitude one day at a time and in relationship with my Higher Power.

    “We ought not to insist on everyone following in our footsteps, nor to take upon ourselves
    to give instructions in spirituality when, perhaps, we do not even know what it is.” ~Teresa of Avila

    … and so, it is in my personal sharing with you once a week that I will work my 12th step by offering to you bits and pieces of my experience, giving credit to the One who gives me strength and with a LOT of hope and trust in the connectedness of all of our hearts!

    Call me if you would like to start exercising in a safe and loving environment or just grab a cup of coffee somewhere and visit. 361-549-4604

    Yours in Health and Fitness,

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    Lisa G. Wright, CFT, FAS
    Your Personal Best Training Studio
    Owner/Director of Operations
    (361) 549-4604
    www.ypbtrainingstudio.com
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  6. 7 Reasons to Inspire You to Exercising Greatness

    If you’re struggling to find motivation to get to your workout, allow these seven reasons to inspire you to exercising greatness…

    Exercise Because —Your Body Works
    It may seem like an odd reason to work out, but the fact that you can work out ought to inspire you to do so. After all, there are plenty of folks who have been affected by disease or congenital conditions that make working out impossible. If you are able to exercise, do it! Every movement you make, be grateful and work to learn your body’s limits. In essence, when you do this you’re giving your body a high five!

    Exercise Because —Disease Can’t Handle It
    True, there are diseases that will attack you regardless of your fitness level. However, exercising regularly (starting today) is one of the best ways to build yourself up against all sorts of ailments and illnesses. From the common cold to heart disease, exercise helps you avoid health issues and live a healthier, longer life.

    Exercise Because —Your Family Loves You
    Because you want to be around for years in the future, you need to exercise. As seen above, exercise is a great way to fend off all sorts of health issues, many of them life-threatening. So if you want to show love to your family members who love you, you’ll need to work out regularly. Afraid your workouts will take away family time? Get up earlier or take your loved ones with you.

    Exercise Because —You Beat Goals
    Some people meet goals. When you commit to getting in the gym today, you set yourself up to beat goals. Because once you reach your new chest-press or weight-loss goal, you move on to the next. Do this in the gym enough and it will start to happen in the rest of your life. Deadline at work coming up soon? No problem. Wish you could read more books? Consider it done. Ready to quit smoking? You can do it. All because you worked out today.

    Exercise Because —Life Will Be Easier
    Ever struggled to get out of bed and get on with your day? Exercising today can help that. Wonder why you always feel stressed out? Once you get in the gym this afternoon you’ll be able to shed the stress. Wish you had the sex drive that you seemingly lost a few years ago? Today’s workout will get you on the right track there as well. See a heavy couch that needs lifting? After spending time in the gym today, that couch will be light as a feather tomorrow. In other words, exercise makes everything in life better, easier, and more bearable!

    Exercise Because —Your Body Will Surprise You
    When you started on your exercise journey, you wanted to change your body. But somewhere along the way you forgot about that swimsuit-ready body you desired so much early on. Well, guess what? It can still be yours! All you’ve got to do is get in the gym today and get back on the road to it. In six months, you’ll be amazed at how much better your body looks and how much more you enjoy being you.

    Exercise Because —Your Friends Will Join You
    It can be hard to keep working out in the gym every day if your loved ones aren’t into it. However, if you stick with it and trust your trainer, your loved ones may eventually want to join you in your exercise. Once they realize you’re seeing positive results, they won’t want to miss out. So by going to the gym today, you’re helping others be healthy!

    Call or email today to get started on my very best exercise program – together we will get you to your goals once and for all! Don’t wait – act now!


  7. YPB Visits The Cooper Institute

    cooper3.jpgMy training studio has as one of its core values; Innovation.We strive to always be up-to-date with our business practices and training techniques by …

    “Reaching outside of our community for ‘cutting edge’
    knowledge to facilitate our clients’ dramatic results”

    Just recently one of my staff, Juan Guerrero, and I had an amazing opportunity to visit The Cooper Institute in Dallas,TX. We had a lengthy tour of the grounds and personally met Dr. Cooper, in his office where he spent unhurried time visiting with our group. I believe the following to be of interest to you.

    Who is the Cooper Institute and what do they do?

    The Cooper Institute (CI), established in 1970, is a 501.c.3. nonprofit research and education organization dedicated globally to preventive medicine. The Institute’s founder, Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., the “Father of Aerobics,” was an Air Force physician who became interested in the role of exercise in preserving health. When he published his first best seller, Aerobics, in 1968, he introduced a new word and was the spark for millions to become active.
    For More Information

    Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH is the Chairman Emeritus to the current Board of Trustees that oversees The Cooper Institute’s strategic direction and educational and research initiatives. A few of his many accolades include:

    • Author of the best-selling book, Aerobics, in 1968 and 19 subsequent book.
    • After founding The Cooper Institute, he later established the Cooper Clinic, Cooper Fitness Center, Cooper Hotel & Conference Center, Cooper Spa, Cooper Wellness, Cooper Consulting Partners, and Cooper Complete

    The Cooper Institute has achieved worldwide recognition for its outstanding scientific research on exercise physiology, obesity, hypertension, epidemiology, behavior change, children’s health issues, nutrition, aging, and other preventive medicine issues.
    Learn More

    Why I’m so Impressed

    As a Fitness Professional with 2 decades in this industry, our core values and mission statement were all over this unexpected opportunity to visit The Cooper Institute.

    YPB Mission Statement and Core Values

    As a culture at YPB we believe that it matters to you that we …

    • Are passionate, committed and love what we do
    • Want to share and inspire “cutting edge” knowledge with you
    • Attract and train the best staff to give the best service
    • Will listen and communicate for better knowing and caring about you.
    • Will motivate, challenge, celebrate, appreciate, set big audacious goals to make big things happen, and applaud your success.
    • Continually improve, by ever learning, ever growing toward personal development
    • Partner with, contribute to and give back to our community with integrity
    • Respect, care and work together as a team

    An Interesting Fact

    IN his best-selling book, Aerobics, Dr. Cooper emphasized a point system for improving the cardiovascular system. His points system is also the basis of the 10,000 steps per day method of maintaining adequate fitness by walking.
    Read More

    Feeling Affirmed

    As the owner of Your Personal Best Training Studio, I’ve been encouraging health and fitness for 20 years now. I’m a published author and highly sought after Functional Aging Specialist and if you don’t believe what I share with you then take it from this veteran, 45 years in the industry …

    Are you unsure where your health stands? Do you want to live a healthy lifestyle but don’t know where to start? Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, Founder and Chairman of Cooper Aerobics, developed eight steps to Get Cooperized, helping you live a longer and healthier life. Following these eight simple steps, such as exercising most days of the week and getting proper supplementation, will help you to live better, both sooner and later.
    Eight Steps Here

    Overall, I found the Cooper Institute to be a premier facility, literally a compound of wealth and health. I loved his slogan and it was everywhere, on the walls and on a t-shirt I bought.

    “Exercise is a journey, not a destination.
    It must be continued for the rest of your life” ~Dr. Kenneth Cooper

    What really caused me to pause and consider was Dr. Cooper’s exceptional physical condition and emotional and mental state for the 20 minutes we were in his office. He’s 85 and I know it wasn’t just good genetics or by accident. I also know however old we are, it’s NEVER too late!

    I felt no impediment from the visit only affirmed!

    Dr. Cooper and his facility truly stood up to everything I have ever heard about him and this facility. Do visit if you are ever in the area, you will not be disappointed! Or give us a call (361-549-4604) and WE will share OUR “cutting edge” knowledge with you.

    Yours in Health and Fitness,

    Lisa


  8. Fast & Healthy Fish Tacos

    Who said that fish tacos had to be fried? This refreshing recipe uses baked Cod and fresh coleslaw for that fish taco taste that is hard to beat. Need to fix dinner in a hurry? This recipe only takes 20 minutes.

    Servings: 2

    Here’s what you need…

    • 1 pound Fresh Skinless Cod
    • 1 Tablespoon Coconut oil
    • ¼ teaspoon Cumin
    • ⅛ teaspoon Garlic powder
    • ½ cup Nonfat Plain Yogurt
    • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 2 Tablespoons Honey
    • 3 cups Shredded Cabbage Mix
    • 4 Whole Wheat Tortillas
    • Lime or Lemon to taste
    1. Rinse fish and past dry with paper towels. Cut fish crosswise into ¾ inch slices. Place fish in single layer in greased shallow baking pan. Combine coconut oil, cumin, and garlic powder. Brush over fish. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 4 to 6 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
    2. Combine the yogurt, vinegar and honey. Place the cabbage in a medium sized bowl. Combine the yogurt mixture with the cabbage until well blended.
    3. Spoon some of the coleslaw mixture into each tortilla; add fish slices. Squeeze fresh lime or lemon to taste. Enjoy!

    Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 327 calories, 5g fat, 40g carbohydrate, and 26g protein.


  9. Don’t Believe These Three Supplement Myths

    If you could live a longer, healthier life by taking a small pill each day, you’d do it wouldn’t you? You’d be crazy not to! With this fact in mind, the incredible growth of dietary supplements makes sense. It’s estimated one out of every three Americans currently takes some sort of nutritional supplement each day. According to government statistics, more than $11 billion is spent each year on vitamins and minerals in the U.S. alone!

    This extreme interest in health and nutrition is, unfortunately, fueled by false advertisement. The Internet, television, and product labels make claims not backed by science, fooling millions and reaping a sizable paycheck. And in America, supplements are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration the same way that foods are, not as if they are medications. This means supplement manufacturers aren’t required to back their claims by science.

    In your quest for fitness, don’t be fooled by these three myths surrounding the use of nutritional supplements.

    Myth #1: “More Is Better”

    If vitamins, minerals, botanicals, and herbs are good for you and available over the counter, they must be safe to take in high doses, right? Science has proven otherwise. You feel a cold coming on so you pop the vitamin C pills and lozenges to ward it off, but too much of certain vitamins and minerals can be dangerous. For example, when you overdose on vitamin C, your body loses its ability to absorb copper; too much phosphorous and your body can’t absorb enough calcium; vitamins A, D, and K can build up to toxic levels when large doses are taken; too much vitamin A will put you at risk for osteoporosis; vitamin E may increase your risk of stroke; and iron your risk of heart disease. And you thought those supplements came with no risks.

    When choosing a multivitamin and other supplement, look for ones that contain no more than 100 percent of each ingredient and be careful of combining a multivitamin with another vitamin supplement.

    Myth #2: “A Supplement Will Make Up for My Unhealthy Diet”

    Hate vegetables? Drink too much caffeine? Like to skip breakfast? Well, be wary of relying solely on supplements to make up for your nutritional deficiencies. Your body is better able to absorb nutrients from real food, so supplements should only be taken as icing on your healthy cake. Besides, relying on supplements to fill in nutritional gaps can put you at risk for the overdosing dangers mentioned above.

    With a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, you’ve got little room for the need of supplements. Eating a healthy well-rounded diet will also provide millions of phytonutrients unavailable in supplement form. It also helps your supplements be more effective when you do take them, as supplements are made less effective when taken on an empty stomach.

    Myth #3: “I Can Trust the Claims of Supplement Labels”

    Many supplement containers describe the health benefits their ingredients aim to provide. These range from increased vitality to improved disease immunity. Great as these claims may sound, they are not backed up by significant, proper research. They are, however, great marketing tools that will pull you in and trick you right out of your money.

    It isn’t surprising that the claims of supplements aren’t proven by anything other than anecdotal evidence. Recently, independent research found that 30 percent of products labeled as multivitamins do not include the ingredients in the amounts listed on the labels and occasionally contain dangerous ingredients.

    If you haven’t yet become one of my valued clients then now is the time! I’d like to show you how a consistent, challenging exercise program will dramatically transform your body – once and for all!

    Call or email today to get started!


  10. Breakfast Protein Parfait

    Here’s a great recipe to make the night before for an easy grab-n-go breakfast straight out of the fridge. It’s packed with protein, vitamins and minerals for sustained energy all morning long. And it tastes great too.

    Servings: 1

    Here’s what you need…

    • ¼ cup Greek Yogurt, plain, fat free
    • ¼ cup low fat cottage cheese
    • 1 scoop high quality strawberry or vanilla protein powder
    • ¼ cup fresh berries
    • 1 Tablespoon pecan pieces, toasted
    1. In a small bowl use a whisk to combine the yogurt, cottage cheese and protein powder. Mix until well incorporated.
    2. Place half of the yogurt mixture into a clear cup, top with the berries and then the remaining yogurt mixture. Top with pecans.

    Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 260 calories, 6g fat, 307mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, and 38g protein.


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